What is Nevada County Doing to Prepare for the Onslaught of EVs

Russ Steele

The Energy Commission webpage has some details on regional preparation for EVs.  What are we doing in Nevada County?

The Sacramento region about to become much more friendly to plug-in electric vehicles (PEVs), thanks to a $200,000 planning grant from the California Energy Commission 

“Before cleaner, battery-powered vehicles can become an important part of California’s transportation mix, drivers must feel confident they will find adequate charging stations when they need them,” said Energy Commissioner Carla Peterman. “With this grant to the Sacramento Area Council of Governments (SACOG), local planners can decide where best to add chargers in the six county region. Local governments can streamline the permitting, installation and inspection of plug-in chargers, and insure that consumers know about the charging improvements and the benefits provided by electric vehicles.”

The $200,000 Energy Commission grant will allow the Sacramento Area Council of Governments, the project’s lead entity, to create the “Capital Area Plug-in Electric Vehicle Coordinating Council (CAPEVCC).” The council will include public and private leaders from counties, cities, public agencies, community organizations, private industry, higher education, and utilities. The council will help promote the use of plug-in electric vehicles in the Sacramento area and create a set of consistent best management practices to simplify their introduction.

So, what will raise the confident of visitors to Grass Valley and Nevada City that they will find charging stations in the community?  Right now the closest one is Auburn.  No 220 volt EV charging station are listed in Nevada County.

Where our grant to form the Nevada County Area Plug-in Electric Vehicle Coordinating Council (NCAPEVCC)? If 15% of all vehicles are going to be EVs, Grass Valley and Nevada City are certainly going to need a slew of charging stations, not only for the locals but all those visitors from Sacramento driving their EVs. Without a Nevada County charging station these Sacramento Visitors will never make it home.  They will not have to worry about Bay Area visitor, as they can not make it here in their EVs, with out a 4 hour charge in Sacramento.  but, if they do make it here, they will need a full charge to get back to Sacramento.


About Russ Steele
Freelance writer and climate change blogger. Russ spent twenty years in the Air Force as a navigator specializing in electronics warfare and digital systems. After his service he was employed for sixteen years as concept developer for TRW, an aerospace and automotive company, and then was CEO of a non-profit Internet provider for 18 months. Russ's articles have appeared in Comstock's Business, Capitol Journal, Trailer Life, Monitoring Times, and Idaho Magazine.

2 Responses to What is Nevada County Doing to Prepare for the Onslaught of EVs

  1. George F says:

    EEV= emission elsewhere vehicle

  2. Sean says:

    Costco tried the “if you build it they would come strategy” http://wheels.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/08/17/citing-a-lack-of-usage-costco-removes-e-v-chargers/. Problem is no one ever came.
    I don’t know the distances but it seems that if you are located one full charge away from the visitors who want to visit, throw in climate control like air conditioning and heating then on top of that the mountain driving, a trip to the California foothills might be a range anxiety exercise. I don’t know how long it would take to build out the recharge station infrastructure but it seems if your not careful, you may get so far ahead of the market and the technology that you might end up like Costco. However, if a lot of folks who live in your county buy electrics, it could make sense.

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